Three Places in the Home You Should be Vacuuming More Often

By on October 5, 2021
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It is one of the most frequently completed cleaning tasks around the home, but are you getting to all the right places? Vacuuming is an essential part of maintaining a clean and healthy home to avoid the build-up of potentially harmful dirt, but some of the most important areas are often overlooked. 

Many vacuuming routines will be limited to the floors and carpets since this is where the most visible dirt will accumulate. However, there are several places in the home that require similar attention – which of the following are included in your house-cleaning rota?

Blinds and curtains 

One of the most important things that should be on your vacuuming agenda is the blinds. Though often disregarded, the blinds should be given the once over on a regular basis, especially due to their positioning by the windows. When windows and doors are open, any dust or dirt living on the blinds can be blown into the air and around your home, posing potential health problems to you and your family. 

When circulating around the home, dust and dust mites, in particular, can contribute to respiratory illnesses, posing a particular threat to allergy sufferers. Some vacuum companies now produce models designed specifically for people with allergies for added protection against dust mites. Most of these will come with a crevice tool, which can be useful for this particular job. 

Mattresses 

 The bedroom and beds in particular can sometimes be one of the most neglected parts of your home when it comes to devising a vacuuming rota. Whilst you likely change your sheets on a regular basis, did you know it’s also important to vacuum the mattress every once in a while? We typically spend more time in our bedrooms than any other room in the house, making it all the more important to keep it clean and tidy. 

Mattresses should be regularly cleaned since they are adept at housing unwanted dirt, including dust mites, bacteria and even decaying food. Whilst mattress vacuuming doesn’t need to be added to your weekly or even monthly cleaning schedule, Good Housekeeping recommends you do it every three to six months. However, for people living with allergies, this task should be completed more frequently.

Keyboards 

With more people working remotely over the past year than ever before, it’s important to maintain a clean and healthy home office environment. A big part of this is your laptop or computer keyboard, which is often one of the dirtiest parts of any office. 

Research has revealed that after ID badges, keyboards are the most unhygienic office item, harboring more bacteria than a typical toilet seat. The bacteria found in keyboards during the study included Staphylococcus aureus which can cause upset stomachs or even skin infections. Whilst antibacterial wipes can go a long way to keeping your keyboard clean, they may not reach any food lurking further in between the keys which is when a vacuum can come in handy.

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Three Places in the Home You Should be Vacuuming More Often